Many of you might know (from Facebook) that today Kevin and I are “celebrating” being together for four and a half years. We’re not really the celebrating type (also shown here), but I still think it’s important to acknowledge the milestone!

We aren’t giving each other any presents, but I’m secretly hoping a date to see Titanic 3D is coming soon (hint, hint ;)).

Here’s our first picture taken together.

We look like children in this picture! Oh. We were.

So tonight we are “celebrating” by watching the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia hockey game and grilling out since the weather is beautiful.


Speaking of weather! Last night, I became a certified NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter. Best girlfriend EVER or what?!

Kevin had to teach a class in Clarion, Iowa so I decided to go with him. To be honest, I mostly did it just so we could finally spend some time together!


Surprisingly, I understood most of what he talked about! I thought it would be over my head for sure.


Now I know what pictures like these mean:



Like I said…best girlfriend ever. 🙂


I’ll take any excuse to spend time with Kevin and Gracie this month because May is going to be absolutely INSANE for both of us! Between three graduations (my brother, his sister, his best friend Danny), one wedding and two work trips, I’m gone every single weekend in May. I can’t complain too much because I’m going to New York, St. Louis to see my family, Cincinnati to see Kevin’s family and Detroit to see college friends!


Speaking of New York: please give me ideas on what to do and places to eat! Because I’ve been to NYC one other time (I was young), I have a few silly things that I want to do.


  • See September 11 Memorial and Museum (well this isn’t one of the silly things…)
  • See someone famous (already requested tickets to Letterman, but seeing Ryan Gosling walking down the street would count). 🙂
  • Have a picnic in Central Park
  • Run through Central Park and pretend like I live in NYC
  • Eat at a Food Network chef’s restaurant (Bobby Flay?)
  • See the Brooklyn Bridge
  • See the outside of the “Friends” apartment
  • Shop


What else should I add to my list?!


I’m off to go watch the rest of this game!

Daytime Date

As I mentioned in my blog post Thursday night, Kevin’s work schedule is a little strange because meteorology is a 24/7 job (he even works Christmas!). That also means that he works weekends (a lot), but we still try to have fun when we are together on Saturdays and Sundays.

We started today by enjoyed a lovely brunch consisting of egg and cheese sandwiches, fresh strawberries and coffee, of course.

Then, we saddled up the bikes and headed to Saylorville Lake to hit the trails!


Unfortunately, we realized we each had one nearly flat tire about a mile into our ride. Oops. So we only did a three-mile loop before heading to DQ to get some rewarding Blizzards.

After our bike ride, we took Gracie for a walk and watched The Weather Channel. We’re cool. But no, seriously, be careful today, friends. Tons of storms are coming all over the Midwest and a lot of the bad ones will happen overnight so stay safe!

Here’s our set up for the evening:

NOAA Weather Radio with batteries, flashlight with new batteries and two candles. We also have tennis shoes and bottles of water ready in the closet (our safe place – we don’t have a basement) if it gets really bad. Kevin says I’m overreacting, but I say better safe than sorry!

One more quick weather-related thing: if you can, call reports into your local NWS (National Weather Service) office. The numbers can be found on their website (weather.gov or spc.noaa.gov). All you need to do is say, “I’m in Johnston and there is baseball size hail.” They’ll say, “Thank you” and hang up, but it’s really important to call in reports. It’s helps them with their forecasting tremendously!

And I’m done with the weather talk now. I feel as though it’s my duty so I apologize if I’m boring you!

Adios for the rest of this afternoon and evening – I have a Blues game to watch!